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#YEGFringe Daily Digest — Aug. 27, 2017

By Ryan Stephens

Another year, another Fringe has come and gone in a flash. As it comes to a close, we're going to give you the tools to make the best of the final day (and beyond, with holdovers!). Keep reading for some great options to spend your Sunday at the Fringe, and what to expect in this year's Holdover Series.

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The Buzz

Local publications share the shows you should put on your must-see list
Dream on! A Midsummer Night’s Fringe has holdovers!

In case you missed it in yesterday's issue, head to for a collection of their reviews of this year's holdover performances, which will go on a special run from August 30th to September 2nd! From the mysterious and mythic 'Prophecy' to the oddball comedy of 'Legoland', there's something for every Fringe-goer in this year's holdovers!
1 grand Fringe OPERA

Head over to Gig City for their review of 'Pagliacci'. A model for modern day soap operas, 'Pagliacci' has love, marriage, a torrid affair, a jealous and rejected suitor, revenge, a clueless audience and a tragic ending - all in less than 90 minutes! Colin Maclean gave it 5 stars, noting the fantastic appropriateness of the venue. "How operatic. How delightful. What wonderful acoustics. And how glorious it is to surrender to the seductive melodies of Leoncavallo — surrounded by the soaring Gothic arches and magnificent leaded windows of the Holy Trinity sanctuary."
'A One-Man Rocky Horror Experience'
Sunday at 3:45pm
Telus Phone Museum

In 2013 a christian engineer decided to pursue musical performance as a profession. Join Justin Kautz on a comedic and poignant personal journey through the world of this cult classic. "You'll laugh, sing, and probably find yourself dancing in your chair. If you have the chance, it's a worthwhile jump to the left at the fringe this year." — Vue Weekly
'Breakneck Julius Caesar'
Sunday at 4:15pm
Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre

he greatest thing since sliced Caesar! Tim Mooney of 2016s hit Breakneck Hamlet carves Shakespeare's three-hour play down to a single one-hour whirlwind romp! According to Marc Horton, "Mooney...just might be the most affable performer at this year’s Fringe" and "There is fun to be had here to be sure, but there’s also serious intent at work even if it’s leavened with a yuk or two."
Sunday at 1:45pm
Old Strathcona Public Library 

One-eyed comedian and multiple BEST-OF-FEST winner Stephanie Morin-Robert recounts her life as a feisty 7-year-old who wields her glass-eye as a superpower. The Edmonton Journal called it "a fully engaging show that had the audiences in shock as well as in stitches...This is a one-woman, one-eyed show that won’t disappoint."
'Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub'
Sunday at 3:30pm
Suzanne Thibodeau Auditorium

Watch Canada vs USA play the 2018 Olympic Gold Medal Hockey game at the fictional Puck & Pickle Pub! Two actors play themselves, the commentators and every single one of the pub's patrons. Vue Weekly gave it 4 stars, calling it "Slyly self-aware and just the right amount of dirty...But it’s broad and thoughtful enough to dangle laughs from anyone."

The Talk

Bloggers and podcasters go behind the scenes with artists at the Fringe
Barrymore at the Edmonton Fringe Festival
After the House Lights
Jenna Marynowski talks with actor Reed McColm about this tribute to legendary actor (and infamous raconteur) John Barrymore.

What's the longer description of your show?

In a decaying New York theatre in the spring of 1942, fabled actor John Barrymore, now sixty years old in an aching body diminished by a lifetime of drink and debauchery, stumbles through rehearsals for a comeback performance of Richard III. He jokes with the audience, spars with an offstage prompter, reminisces about better times, and shares delicious impressions and anecdotes of his many less-than-regal adventures.

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